Julia Swanson of Ludington and Derek Bursma of Scottville are engaged to be married on Oct. 5, 2019 in Scottville. Julia graduated from Mason County Central in 2010, West Shore Community College in 2013, and Ferris State University in 2016. She is a dental hygienist at My Community Dental Ce…

Lexi Alvesteffer and Dave Kosla were married on Sept. 15, 2018 at the West Shore Community College Center Stage Theater, with a reception following at the Mason County Picnic Pavilion.

Love really does conquer all. Despite having a back brace on after a bad accident, with the assistance of his future mother-in-law and some patio cushions, Laurence Adams Jr. got down on one knee 10 minutes after midnight on New Year’s Day and asked his other half, Chelsea Warden, to marry h…

McKenna Margaret Sharp of Alpena and Jason Charles Timm of Hubbard Lake are engaged to be married on June 8, 2019 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Hubbard Lake.

Mary (Smith) and Randy Haight of Ludington will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Jan 7, 2019. The couple has two children, Ashley (Andrew) Nienow and Emily (Jesse) Alt, and one granddaughter, Korynn Nienow.

Emelee Haik and Jim Drier, both of Scottville, are engaged to be married on Sept. 14, 2019 in Ludington. Emelee is a graduate of Portland High School (2007), Michigan State University (2012), and Grand Valley State University (2015). She is employed at Centra Wellness Network in Manistee. He…

Bruce and Marilyn (Sweeney) Horrell of Ludington celebrated 45 years of marriage on Nov. 24, 2018. The couple was married in 1973 at the New Era Reformed Church. Bruce is a retired teacher from Ludington Area Schools, and Marilyn is a retired teacher from Mason County Central Schools. The co…

Tim and Tammy (O’Brien) Martin of Ludington will celebrate 40 years of marriage on Nov. 18, 2018. The couple was married in 1978 at St. Simon Catholic Church in Ludington. They have two children, Galen and Anna Martin of Kingsley and Emma Martin and fiance Dr. Tyler Claveau of Ludington. Tim…

Ray and Pat (Bancroft) O’Brien of Ludington will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Nov. 22, 2018. The couple was married in 1958 at St. Simon Catholic Church in Ludington. They have five children, Tim and Tammy Martin, Kelly and Mark Thomsen, Patsy and Matt Visscher, all of Ludington, Amy an…

Judy (Alvesteffer) and Howard Haight Jr. of Ludington celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 11, 2018, at a special dinner with their family. 

Jerome Austin and Lori (Foster) Austin of Ludington will celebrate 25 years of marriage on Oct. 9, 2018. Lori works for Ludington Area School District. Jerome is employed at Flora Craft. Their children are Myles, Micaela and Kelli Austin, all of Ludington. Their granddaughters are Aleigha, O…

Ron and Donna Sanders celebrated their 50th anniversary with their children, nephew and their families on a Caribbean cruise in March 2018.

Aimee Veenstra, daughter of John and Deb Veenstra of Grandville, and Chris Dittmer, son of Gary and Peg Dittmer of Scottville, were married June 30 in Grand Rapids by Blake McDaniel.

Nolan Asiala of Scottville and Mikayla Mesyar of Ludington announce their engagement. The couple will be married July 28, 2018 at Farm View Resort in Free Soil, Michigan.

Lyle and Patricia Hanson of Wahalla will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on July 12.

Jack and Judy (Mars) Bengtson of Grandville will celebrate 50 years of marriage on June 22. Judy is a retired teacher, and Jack is a retired CSX Trainmaster.

Fifty years of loving, caring and sharing. Karen and Ricky Bentz, of Ludington, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday June 15, 2018. Ricky and Karen (Rutowski) were married June 15, 1968 at St. Simon Catholic Church in Ludington, Michigan by the Rev. Stephen Vesbit. Their attend…

Phil and Joanne (Roehrig) Krolikowski of Colorado Springs, Colo. celebrated 40 years of marriage May 20, 2018. Joanne is a homemaker and Phil retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service. The couple has three children, Abbey, Adam and Ryan. Phil and Joanne celebrated while camping in…

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from a liaison office with South Korea on Friday, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea's nuclear program.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria slammed President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying Friday the statement was "irresponsible" and a threat to international peace and stability.